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The Ambassadors

  Buy now from allposters.com1533: National Gallery, London

The two men pictured are Jean de Dinterville, French ambassador to England, and Georges de Selve, French ambassador to the Imperial Court. To show they were cultured men, the symbols of music (a lute, a bag of flutes) and science (globes, a sundial, a quadrant, a polyhedron) are well represented. Mortality is uniquely signified by a skull slanting across the foreground.
 
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